About how wonderful renewables are:
And solar is starting to pay its subsidy back. Germany now has more than 30 gigaWatt peak (gWp) of solar plants installed, such that on almost all days in the spring, summer and autumn, solar energy surges into the grid at a time when demand is at is strongest (air conditioning etc is running like mad)
AC in Germany? Is he visiting a different one from the one I am? And don\’t the Germans actually have to dump a lot of that solar derived power into hte grids of neighbouring countries? \’Coz, like, no one is using it when it\’s there?
But this is seriously fabulous:
This brings me on to a really exciting development . Our company is starting to sell power directly from the barn roofs we have our plants on to the farmers who own the roofs and nearby towns wishing to rescue themselves from the grasp of the RWEs and E.ONs of this world.
Why? Because we can produce power at around half of what farmers are paying.
This so-called \”distributed\” (ie non-grid) energy is where the real revolution is taking place. Distributed energy not only saves on the huge amount of energy lost in grid distribution, but it helps lighten the load on the grid. Whole German towns are going completely renewable. The citizens get cheaper, cleaner power. If only Britain would get this.
Well of course you sodding mingelip.
Because the subsidy to pay for all that wind and solar power is an addition to the bill for the electricity that you get through the grid. Thus, if you don\’t take grid provided \’leccy then you\’re not paying the subsidy that keeps Mr. Seagar\’s company in business.
And amazingly, yes, electricity is cheaper if you don\’t have to pay the subsidies to solar and wind power on it.